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A fictional travel report of a fictional archaeologist:

I visited Kelmscott Manor today. There was a little temporary exhibition on Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell (they later changed their name to 'Godwin' for reasons unknown), the tenants after the Morris family moved out.

They were a couple of artists who lived and made work based on a fantasy world Edward created called 'Thessyros'. They took benzedrine (they called it 'starlight') and knocked out their pastelly soft-porn ancient-greek fantasy pictures. It sounds like they were locked into a strange kind of folie-a-deux.

Here's an article: The world of Thessyros: an icky erotic fantasy

The Cleveland Museum of Art is local to me, world class, and free.


Monsters captivated the imagination of medieval men and women, just as they continue to fascinate us today. Drawing on the Morgan Library & Museum’s superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition— the first of its kind in North America—will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages. Medieval Monsters will lead visitors through three sections based on the ways monsters functioned in medieval societies. “Terrors” explores how monsters enhanced the aura of those in power, be they rulers, knights, or saints. A second section, “Aliens,” demonstrates how marginalized groups in European societies—such as Jews, Muslims, women, the poor, and the disabled—were further alienated by being figured as monstrous. The final section, “Wonders,” considers a group of strange beauties and frightful anomalies that populated the medieval world. Whether employed in ornamental, entertaining, or contemplative settings, these fantastic beings were meant to inspire a sense of marvel and awe in their viewers.
Very nice. I've just stuck the related book onto my wishlist :)
Nice lecture on three obsessive artists: Yayoi Kusama, Sophie Calle, Kaari Upson:

Kaari Upson: https://www.flaunt.com/content/kaari-upson
Upson became interested in the idea that somewhere in the world there would exist a mirror house,
a sort of secret twin to her childhood home. She tried in vain to purchase one, simply pretending to house-shop, and videotaping the excursions. This went on for years. She didn’t find the house’s true spiritual twin until a visit with a friend in Vegas. “When I walked into her house, I was like, here it is!” The video “In Search of the Perfect Double,” which was shown in a 2017 exhibition at the New Museum in NYC, chronicles some of this process. “We just would go from house to house.
@pentametron searches for rhyming tweets on Twitter:

The Robot stole a bowl and ran away.
I've had the hiccups 7 times today.

White vs black and random Owen Hart
I really like the prosecution part!

Stop fighting altogether! Walk away.
Good morning people! Have a SUPER day!!

i wanna wanna wanna wanna go
Red Lobster biscuits are amazing tho

dat situation representing me
im turning dreams into reality

Just fucking throwing all about the place.
We're doing Double Falsehood, but in space.

Etc, etc.

I went to see the "Japan Supernatural" Exhibition hat the Art Gallery of NSW here in Sydney.

What a wonderful experience - highly recommended to anyone even vaguely interested. Just a couple of shots below of what is on show until March 8th. You also get a free audio tour included - the whole thing is highly entertaining and informative as well. All of my photos are too large to upload here, sadly.


PS: Linking rather than uploading seems to work




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Don't know if he's been mentioned already but here's an artist I'd not heard of 'til he featured in an episode of Great Lives on the radio - Edward Burra - an English 20th century painter, mostly watercolours. His work became more surreal as he went on. Some examples


Good morning all has any body seen the cool travel posters on Pinterest by an artist called autun puser.
All about the places in the lovecraft books.Might have me one or two.Plus got the latest copy of the FT that’s my day sorted :) :clap:
Yup that’s them I have not seen some of them might get the holdstock one what do you think of them
Yup that’s them I have not seen some of them might get the holdstock one what do you think of them
Not bad I think, but a bit 'flat'. I'm guessing he used a vector draw program to draw them. Maybe they were even traced from photos*.
I know how much work there is in doing that, as I've done quite a bit of it in my technical illustrating.

* Obviously, not photos of the fantasy subjects...
Not bad I think, but a bit 'flat'. I'm guessing he used a vector draw program to draw them. Maybe they were even traced from photos*.
I know how much work there is in doing that, as I've done quite a bit of it in my technical illustrating.

* Obviously, not photos of the fantasy subjects...
Found him reminiscent of Moebius.
I saw this yesterday. It is wonderful.


Lara Favaretto’s cubes of confetti have an unstable appearance, embodying an ephemeral sense of transience, marked by the flow of time. And yet, in them, we find both antagonism and contradiction. The mass of paper confetti is compressed inside a wooden casing only by the weight and action of the human body. Its solidity is constantly undermined by an inevitable and yet unpredictable disintegration. The initial purity and compactness of the shape and color of these cubes is made vulnerable by the extreme lightness and volatile nature of the material they are made of. All it takes is a puff of air to disperse the tiny colored fragments, and the cubes gradually surrender to probable collapse – and early ruin. They recover their initial shape only when they are compressed again, starting out from scratch. The polyphonic nature of the work emphasizes the characteristics of the individual cubes, and the choice of colors is inspired by a frame from the comic film Birdman (2014), about an aging superhero actor who wants to be taken seriously. The aim is to convey the cathartic and transformative power that can be suggested by a range of separate, deconstructed tones, without the need for any additional form of narrative.